From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :
Prelims level : RailWire
Mains level : Various Digital India initiatives
Indian Railways has successfully completed the work of providing free public Wi-Fi at 5500 stations across the country. This is a unique initiative as this Wi-Fi network is one of the largest Wi-Fi networks in the world.
- To transform the Railway stations into the hub of Digital inclusion, Indian Railways mandated RailTel, a Miniratna PSU under Ministry of Railways, to provide free high-speed Wi-Fi at the Railway stations.
- The journey started in January 2016 from the financial capital of India – Mumbai Central station and in a span of 46 months Railways has successfully provided Wi-Fi at 5500 stations across the country.
- The mission is to provide Wi-Fi at all Railway stations (except the halt ones).
- The Wi-Fi is being provided under the brand name of RailWire.